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Damages were widespread after gusts of 65 mph Saturday dropped trees on homes and brought down power poles and lines.

Young’s Jersey Dairy cow blown over

Winds blow over trees, power poles and a semi on I-75

Canopy at Miami Twp. Shell station toppled by high winds

At Young’s Jersey Dairy, the famous cow statue that sits atop the restaurant’s sign was blown down, according to a post on the dairy’s Facebook page. The restaurant reports that after 40 years of being on the sign, the cow survived the ordeal and repairs will get underway on Monday. Near Young’s Jersey Dairy, a large tree fell across U. S. 68, blocking traffic in both directions.

John Frazier of Kettering said it sounded like thunder when a tree he received as a first anniversary present 15 years ago from his mother-in-law landed on his Regent Street home.

“It’s a very sentimental tree. I don’t know if anybody’s got a sentimental tree, but doggone it, it’s heartbreaking to see it go,” he said.

In Huber Heights, large trees fell on two houses, with downed trees knocking out the entire power grid in the city. An ash tree that fell on a San Juan Court house caused extensive damage, poking holes in the roof, breaking apart wood and shingles and tearing down gutters.

“I was kind of hoping it was just going to be a branch or two. Nope, it’s a whole tree,” said Joshua Hyre, who said last year they removed 11 trees at his fiancee’s grandmother’s house.

A National Weather Service employee based in Wilmington reported that winds blew over a semi, which the employee saw overturned around 6:20 p. m. on Interstate 75 in the Anna area in Shelby County, near exit 99. This caused a big slowdown for drivers.

Four drivers in Miami County had a close call when about a dozen utility poles fell across Experiment Farm Road, which were coming from a Dayton Power & Light substation near Troy. Experiment Farm Road could be closed for a day or two between Farrington and Eldean roads.

At University of Dayton Arena, wind tore down a large tent set up in the parking lot. The company isn’t sure it can be salvaged, and said it could be a million dollar loss.

Two people were injured at a grade school track meet hosted by Little Miami Local Schools in Warren County. A trained spotter reported to the National Weather Service that around 3:30 p. m. a 55 mph wind gust lifted a pole vault mat, injuring several including two people who had to be take to a local hospital.

High winds toppled the canopy over the pumps at a Shell gas station around 7 p. m. on Springboro Pike in the Miami Twp. area, and wind blew a pump over at the Marathon station at Needmore Road and Old Troy Pike in Riverside.

In South Charleston, a barn collapsed today due to high winds in the 10000 block of Chenowith Road.

Also in Clark County, gusts tipped over a shed, which was on its top and somewhat crumpled in Park Layne.

Trees were blocking roadways in all parts of the region, including Dayton, Centerville, Washington Twp., Trotwood, Miamisburg, Brookville, Jefferson Twp., German Twp., leading some to say Mother Nature was playing a belated April Fool’s joke on the region.

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